The world knows New York City as the Big Apple and — in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first placement of All-Star statues around the host cities — MLB has scattered 35 six-foot tall, 350-pound sculptures shaped as the healthy fruit around NYC in a tribute to the 84th Midsummer Classic.
The commemorative All-Star statues have become a big part of the ASG experience and tourists — searching out their favorite team's statue for a photo-op — has become a great way for fans to enjoy the excitement of the annual event and see the host city close up.
This year, the 2013 statues (one for each team and a few add-ons) have been on display at various locations in Manhattan with the exception of the one at Citi Field (a Matt Harvey toss from the Mets' iconic Home Run Apple).
The mostly unassuming apples can be spotted in the shadow of the nearly completed Freedom Tower at the World Financial Center (Rockies), uptown in bustling Harlem (L.A. Dodgers), outside the battle-scarred Intrepid aircraft carrier on the Hudson River (Nationals), blocking the aisles of a Fifth Avenue Tommy Bahama shop (S.F. Giants) and being ignored by young gamers in the Rockefeller Center Nintendo store (Mariners).
I spent three days with my trusty Nikon peddling through miles of yellow taxi rivers via mountain bike to capture the essence of the soon-to-be-forgotten apples. Did I mention the heat wave?
Along the way, I met a troop of Boy Scouts (Nationals), a possessive 150-pound dog (Cardinals), an All-Star Game ticket winner (Tigers), break-dancing street performers (Rangers) and enjoyed parts of the city I haven't seen in years — or just plain forgot about.
If you aren't lucky enough to be visiting New York for the game this week — or just don't want to deal with the subways, the heat or rent a Citi Bike to see the "Apples on Parade" — here's all 35 of the colorful creations in one photo show to see what you're missing.
I think you'll like dem apples.
Photos by Tony Mangia
Angels-Bed Bath & Beyond
Blue Jays-Intercontinental Hotel
1. Arizona Diamondbacks- Modell's Sporting Goods
2. Atlanta Braves TBS - Time Warner Center
3. Baltimore Orioles- Chelsea Market
4. Boston Red Sox- Party City
5. Chicago Cubs- Staybridge Suites
6. Chicago White Sox- Toys "R" Us
7. Cincinnati Reds- Modell's Sporting Goods
8. Cleveland Indians- Topps
9. Colorado Rockies- World Financial Center
10. Detroit Tigers- Duane Reade
11. Houston Astros- Westin Hotel
12. Kansas City Royals- FOX News
13. Los Angeles Angels- Bed Bath & Beyond
14. Los Angeles Dodgers- T-Mobile
15. Miami Marlins- Grace Building
16. Milwaukee Brewers- Office of the Commissioner
17. Minnesota Twins- Best Buy
18. New York Mets- SNY Studios
19. New York Yankees- Modell's Sporting Goods
20. Oakland Athletics- Modell's Sporting Goods
21. Philadelphia Phillies- Party City
22. Pittsburgh Pirates- Niketown
23. San Diego Padres- Sony
24. San Francisco Giants- Tommy Bahama
25. Seattle Mariners- Nintendo
26. St. Louis Cardinals- Buy Baby Buy
27. Tampa Bay Rays- Madison Square Park
28. Texas Rangers- Zuccotti Park
29. Toronto Blue Jays- Intercontinental Hotel
30. Washington Nationals- Intrepid Museum
31. MLB All-Star Game- Citi Field
32. American League- NY Public Library
33. National League- NY Public Library
34. Brooklyn Dodgers- Grand Central Terminal
35. New York Giants- Grand Central Terminal
Brooklyn Dodgers-Grand Central
Cardinals-Buy Baby Buy
Diamondbacks-Modell's Sporting Goods
A's-Modell's Sporting Goods
National League-NY Public Library
American League-NY Public Library
New York Giants-Grand Central
Red Sox-Party City
Reds-Modell's Sporting Goods
Rockies-World Financial Center
White Sox-Toys "R" Us
Yankees-Modell's Sporting Goods
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